Choose Life

by Scarlett Stough

God breathed life into the first man so he became a living soul (Genesis 2:7 KJV). God has life; and he gave us life. The Tree of Life was available to Adam and Eve, but they chose to eat of the tree that led to death (Genesis 2:16). Then they were banished from the Garden so they could not eat of the Tree of Life. God graciously allowed them to live out their natural lives instead of exacting the death penalty immediately.

God counseled the Israelites to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:11-20). The choice is the same for every person from every nation--choose life or choose death. Jesus said he came to bring life in abundance (John 10:10 KJV). When we choose to believe in and follow Jesus in trust and obedience, we have chosen life. We reject him; we have chosen death.

We cannot begin our transformation into the likeness of God unless we have first chosen life through belief in Jesus as the Son of God and our Redeemer from death. Once again God breathes life into us when we receive his Holy Spirit and begin to live by the Spirit. People apart from God and the Holy Spirit can live by morals and principles that are helpful and not harmful to others, but their lives are only temporary, ending at death (John 3:16-18). Nowhere in the Bible are we told that we have immortal souls; we are souls that can die (Ezekiel 18:4; Matthew 10:28).

Our only hope for eternal life is through the resurrected Christ (I Corinthians 15:12-26). God is not a monster who tortures people for all eternity. He is a just Judge who administers the death penalty according to his law (Romans 6:23.) Jesus willingly took that penalty for every person who believes and acts on that belief. Even in civil law, when a prisoner is pardoned, society expects that person to start a new life as a law abiding citizen who is not a danger to others. We don’t want dangerous people set free to continue to harm others.

When we do believe and act on that belief, we start out a new life, each one as a new creation, being transformed into the likeness of God as he originally intended from the beginning (Genesis 1:27; II Corinthians 3:18; I John 3:2-3).

Bible Study Guide: A New Creation
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